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Old 02-07-2018, 05:29 PM   #1
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Post meet Licorice!! (answer a question)

hi!! so today i got a new hamster who is a winter white. her name is Licorice and she is so sweet! i have a question: shes been sleeping since i got her and its getting pretty late and of course hamsters are nocturnal but shes not up yet. is this because of her sleeping schedule from the pet shop or...
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Old 02-07-2018, 08:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: meet Licorice!! (answer a question)

She is bound to be a bit out of sorts the first 2 or 3 days - they need a few days left alone to settle in. And no cleaning for the first 2 weeks apart from the odd handful if it gets whiffy after a week or so. Using a litter tray prevents that

Watch the room temperature. Not sure how cold it is where you are but if it gets very cold at night you may need a little heater on a timer for an hour or two so your hammy doesn't get so cold she goes into torpor. (It isn't actually hibernation,it's torpor and they can die and often don't survive even if they come out of it). Generally the room would need to be about 20 degrees - which it would be when you have central heating on.

She may just be hiding and come out at night. You could put a tiny bit of veg out in the cage and if it's gone in the morning, then you won't worry
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